National Fisherman


ANCHORAGE — Change is hard. The evolution of commercial setnetting in the Cook Inlet is no different.
 
As king salmon runs continue to decline, keeping nets out of the water and fishers off the Kenai River, the East Side Setnet Fishery has seen its time reduced, gear restricted and full-on closure in the past few years as Alaska Department of Fish and Game managers struggle to put enough fish in the river to keep the stock healthy.
 
In the chaos of closure and the subsequent disaster declaration, some of the longest-running commercial fishers in the Cook Inlet decided it was time for a change.
 
Gary Hollier has known he has a king salmon problem for some years. The 43-year veteran of the commercial fishing in the inlet watched red salmon jump on the beach in 2012 when the setnet fleet was largely shut out of its season.
 
So, he bought some twine and spent his time before the 2013 fishing season, holed up in his shop cutting foot after foot from his nets. He shortened about half of the 24 nets he and his crew fished last season.
 
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Inside the Industry

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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